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My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby I Love Lucy » Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:35 am

Is it possible for such a young dog to even develop arthritis as such a young age? The past couple weeks he has been having difficulty jumping onto the bed and couch and when he does he takes in a huge gasp of air as if sucking in the pain. Also when I pat him on his back side he sometimes cries. I took him to the vet yesterday and the doc said that he has a little arthritis in his lower back :sad: He prescribed some anti-inflammatory meds and told me to buy human glucosamine. Is there anything else I can do for my boy? Do you guys recommend any other supplements or just have any other advice? Thank you for your time!!

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby Libby » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:32 am

I have two 'young' dogs that have severe arthritis. One is going on six (she's had arthritis since she was 2 or 3, hip dysplasia since she was just under a year) and the other one is just four years old.

I've been giving Glucosamine/Chondroiten+MSM, fish oil, and Vitamin C to them both for years. Gyspy (the almost six year old) has been taking suppliments and vitamins since she was a year, and Mexico (four year old) has been taking them her entire life.

I also suppliment their diets with RAW food, and they get sardines and raw eggs thrown in their meals once or twice a week.

There is a ton of information on this forum in regards to suppliments and vitamins, if you do a search I'm sure so much information will pop up you wont be able to read it all!

I'm very sorry to hear about your dog, its such a bummer when these things happen to ANY dog, but much worse when they happen to them young.

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby Libby » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:34 am

Ah, meant to add that is a good idea to keep your dog lean. The extra weight can just put extra strain and pain on those arthritic spots.

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby WackyJacki » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:56 am

:goodpost:

Good advice from Libby!

Gluco/Chondroitin/MSM supplement + fish oil and a good dose of vit C should help and NO extra weight. Keep her lean. That is absolutely essential.

Here's the Gluco that I use, and I also buy other vits from this site: http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Glucosam ... s/581?at=0

You can open the caps and sprinkle on the food if needed.

I also second the raw diet ;)

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby Leslie H » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:54 pm

Did the vet x-ray your dog? Dysplasia, sadly, is very common in this breed, and you would need an x-ray to determine conclusively if it was an issue.
I'm a big fan of glucosamine, as well as the other advice given.

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby WackyJacki » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:03 pm

Leslie H wrote:Did the vet x-ray your dog? Dysplasia, sadly, is very common in this breed, and you would need an x-ray to determine conclusively if it was an issue.
I'm a big fan of glucosamine, as well as the other advice given.


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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:33 pm

My parents dog is 18 months old and has severe arthritis secondary to hip dysplasia... He'll be on Rimadyl for life, and has recently started glucosamine/chondroitin as well.

As your pup ages, you can try other therapies (rehab, acupuncture, cold laser, adequan, surgery) as well based on severity of disease and how well the pain is controlled with the basice therapies.

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby Flibgit » Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:52 pm

Is there any chance you can take her to see a animal chiropractor? I have a friend whose dog was diagnosed with arthritis and elbow dysplasia who is getting around much better (like he's years younger) after a couple visits to the chiropractor. Just a thought, and I know I sound like a crazy whackjob for recommending a chiropractor continuously. ;)

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby I Love Lucy » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:29 pm

Thanks for the great responses! The doc actually did x-ray his hips and said he had no issues with them. Maybe I need to ask him to take a closer look. It seems to be getting worse even with the anti-inflamatory. :( He is lifting his right back leg now and cries when he walks. He does this when he gets up from laying down for a long period of time Maybe there is something going on inside his leg and not the hips? If there is something were wrong with his hips, would he be lifting his back leg in pain?

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby WackyJacki » Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:49 pm

I Love Lucy wrote:Thanks for the great responses! The doc actually did x-ray his hips and said he had no issues with them. Maybe I need to ask him to take a closer look. It seems to be getting worse even with the anti-inflamatory. :( He is lifting his right back leg now and cries when he walks. He does this when he gets up from laying down for a long period of time Maybe there is something going on inside his leg and not the hips? If there is something were wrong with his hips, would he be lifting his back leg in pain?


Hmmm.... if you can't find an answer with your current vet, it might be a good idea to get a second opinion and/or see an orthopedic specialist.

While the meds he's taking can be a real help to a lot of dogs, they are taxing on the system and long term use should be avoided.

Def get him started on a gluco/msm/chondroitin combo and some fish oil asap. If you don't want to use a human one, I've used Glyco-Flex II with great results in the past (you could even use stage III if you like...):

http://www.amazon.com/Glyco-Flex-II-For ... 307&sr=8-1

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby spammie » Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:43 pm

I have no advice, just hope he feels better soon.

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby bamawrly » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:44 pm

I came across this thread looking for info for an upcoming TPLO surgery next week. Looking for supplements/alternative meds to help with the pre and post surgery healing along with long term support.
I would love to hear about the brands and dosages of things that everyone uses.

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby WackyJacki » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:59 pm

bamawrly wrote:I came across this thread looking for info for an upcoming TPLO surgery next week. Looking for supplements/alternative meds to help with the pre and post surgery healing along with long term support.
I would love to hear about the brands and dosages of things that everyone uses.


Glyco-Flex II worked well for my dog (use dosage recommended on bottle) when recovering from knee surgery along with fish oil and vit c (be sure to use ester c, it is buffered with calcium and much easier on the stomach!)

If you plan to use a human joint supplement, depending on your dogs size, give 1/2 the recommended human dose (assuming your dog is in the 50ish pounds range).

And of course, keep your dog lean lean lean!

Good luck on the surgery and let us know how it goes!

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby WackyJacki » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:08 pm

Oh and as far as brands, I use NOW Foods Brand joint supplement: http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Glucosam ... s/581?at=0

Glyco-Flex II: http://www.amazon.com/Glyco-Flex-II-For ... pd_sbs_k_1

Glyco-Flex III (contains vit c and some other ingredients): http://www.amazon.com/Glyco-Flex-III-12 ... pd_sbs_k_1

Human fish oil I use: http://www.iherb.com/Carlson-Labs-Super ... /2799?at=0

Liquid fish oil for my Boston (won't eat the soft gels... brat!): http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-All-Natur ... pd_sim_k_2

Those were some of the best prices I've found and have had good service from all of them. :thumbsup:

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Re: My 3 year old dog has arthritis?!

Postby bamawrly » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:40 am

That is the kind of stuff I was looking for.
I have access to multiple places to get the human versions of things and my hubby is also on most of these same thing for his back. But the dosage part is what I don't know, crossover between human and canine.


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